RHS and Lloyds TSB address Garden Centre Association Conference

RHS director of members, art and media Dan Wolfe said the charity is looking to work more closely with industry bodies such as the Garden Centre Association.

Wolfe added that recent changes to the organisation, including the appointment of Sue Biggs as director general, would result in a more collaborative and open organisation.

Dan Wolfe told the GCA conference: 

"It’s about us being clearer collectively and more precise about what we are here to achieve and hopefully working collectively to inspire more people to garden."

Looking at the economy, Lloyds TSB head of UK macroeconomics Adam Chester told GCA conference delegates the current recession was similar to the Great Depression of the 1920s and warned of a "continued fiscal squeeze beyond the next government".

Chester said the garden retail sector had held up well being a "substantial growth industry" and that the sale of garden products had outpaced the overall growth of the UK economy four-fold due to spending on the home and garden making up a larger share of consumer spending.

Looking ahead, Adam Chester said: 

"Garden centres should be relatively protected given their main customer base, and in my view it’s so important to make the point that garden centres and the industry as a whole is innovative and can out-perform [the rest of the economy]."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business planning - Managing price volatility

Business planning - Managing price volatility

There are options to help you manage the impact of exchange rate fluctuations when buying from abroad, Neville Stein advises.

What have growers and retailers learnt from snowy March?

What have growers and retailers learnt from snowy March?

Growers and retailers have come up with strategies to combat unexpected bad weather after "Beast from the East" snow hit the UK three times in March.



The range of colours and flowering times makes for cheerful and economic displays, Miranda Kimberley reports.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

See our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles


Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers

Download your copy